When you look for answers and you get more questions.

Most of my life has been occupied with one question ” Why did my Grandfather die?” As far as I am aware and as far as I was told he was executed by the German occupiers during WWII. It has only been recently I actually found out the actual date he died, which was MayContinue reading “When you look for answers and you get more questions.”

Ankie Stork- The Stork who delivered 35 Jewish children.

Ankie Stork was a Dutch resistance fighter during the German occupation of the Netherlands. She saved thirty-five Jewish children from the Nazis by hiding them in several locations the town of Nijverdal during World War II. She acted as part of Utrechts Kindercomité,(Utrecht Children Committee) a Dutch resistance group based in Utrecht. Ankie was aContinue reading “Ankie Stork- The Stork who delivered 35 Jewish children.”

Most of them were murdered.

I have to be honest and admit that I am not entirely sure if the title is entirely correct, I am working on presumptions. However they are well founded presumptions. More then 75% of all Dutch Jews were murdered during the Holocaust it is therefore safe to presume that the at least 75% of theseContinue reading “Most of them were murdered.”

Animal Rights in the Third reich .

On August 16 ,1933 Hermann Göring announced he would put an end to the unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments. He also threatened that he would commit to concentration camps those who still thought they could continue to treat animals as inanimate property. He decried the “cruel”experiments of unfeeling scientists whose animals were operatedContinue reading “Animal Rights in the Third reich .”

Nanne Zwiep- Died for speaking his mind.

It is very easy to judge in retrospect. It is true that the Dutch could have and should have done more for their Jewish neighbours. However when even speaking out about the Nazi regime could get you arrested and even killed, it is understandable that people were reluctant to act, To be honest I wouldContinue reading “Nanne Zwiep- Died for speaking his mind.”

Edmund Plesser- Born 16 October 1928- Murdered 23 July 1943

One thing I only thought of today. On September 26 1940 there was a ban imposed on all Jewish newspapers in the Netherlands, with the exception of ” Het Joodsche Weekblad” the Jewish weekly. I always found that strange, why didn’t they ban all newspapers? Then today I cam across the story of Edmund PlesserContinue reading “Edmund Plesser- Born 16 October 1928- Murdered 23 July 1943”

David Friedmann;painting to survive-My interview with his daughter Miriam.

David Friedmann’s story is not just a story of dealing with the horrors of the Holocaust but also a story of a second chance and hopes despite immense grief and hardships. The artist David Friedmann was born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria (now Ostrava, Czech Republic), but moved to Berlin in 1911. In 1944, Friedman wasContinue reading “David Friedmann;painting to survive-My interview with his daughter Miriam.”

Moshe Flinker- a school boy’s diary.

Education is often seen as a human right and it really should be, but so often it is a privilege taken away from many. Moshe Flinker was a teenager born in the Hague, in the Netherlands on October 9, 1926. He had a particular talent for language,he studied eight languages including Hebrew. The language heContinue reading “Moshe Flinker- a school boy’s diary.”

A Yellow star.

You are told to wear a yellow star. It is a badge to indicate that you are an enemy of the people. Enemy of what people though? Sometimes it says the word Jude other times it says Jood or Juif. In Yugoslavia you are told to wear a yellow armband with black “Z”, an abbreviationsContinue reading “A Yellow star.”

Otto Frank

On this day 40 years ago. Otto Frank passed away, aged 91. On may 15 1945 he wrote the following letter while on board the Monowai steamship. This was exactly 5 years after the Dutch had capitulated to the Germans. “The closer we get to home the greater our impatience to hear from our lovedContinue reading “Otto Frank”